Red Bull Car Park Drift: 5,000 motorsport fans take part in Belfast show

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Red Bull Car Park Drift welcomed 5,000 motorsport enthusiasts to the custom built drift track at the Titanic Quarter for two days of spectacular drifting action.

It was a competitive action show with speed, smoke and screeching tires.

In a word

The event marked the first of qualifying for the 2022 Red Bull Car Park Drift World Final and there was a qualifying spot available for the 2022 World Final.

30 dinghies from across Ireland were determined to make their mark on the Irish and international drift scene.

Irish Drift Championship driver Alan Delaney had been a favorite to win, but it was Tyrone’s Kevin Quinn, one of 10 jokers, who won the title and qualifying for the Red Bull Car Park Drift World Final. 2022 with 268 points out of a possible total of 400.



Conor Shanahan at the sold-out Red Bull Car Park Drift which saw 5,000 motorsport fans watch the show over two days at the Titanic Quarter, Belfast.

Laois Delaney finished one step from the podium in fourth place.

Donegal’s Terence Fury wowed the crowd and the judges alike, putting on a formidable performance and securing second place, just 10 points behind Quinn in first place.

Shane Rodgers of Draperstown secured a podium spot in third place.



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Winner Kevin Quinn at the sold-out Red Bull Car Park Drift which saw 5,000 motorsport fans attend the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.

An impressive group in the competition also included Conor Falvey, 14, from Cork, drifting alongside his father, Thomas Falvey, both producing performances they can be proud of.

And then there was Neil Dunne, who kept the crowd entertained with his unpredictable and thrilling performances.

Background

Drifting may be one of the fastest growing disciplines in motorsport, but for many gas enthusiasts it is still a new sport.

Red Bull parking lot drift and the European Drift Masters Championship evolved from the same concept.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s in Japan, reckless drivers began testing their cars on twisty mountain roads, accelerating corners earlier and earlier to turn their cars sideways.



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Tomas Falvey at Red Bull Car Park Drift in Belfast

It has become a popular sport in Japan and huge crowds have gathered to watch the competitions held since. Slowly but surely, this fast, noisy and technical discipline has established itself around the world.

In Europe, the drift gave rise to the European Drift Masters Championship – an established series which, without compromising on excitement or danger, has organized the concept of drifting into a championship series that involves an element of racing (but not overtaking).

Red Bull Car Park Drift is inspired by the amateur do-it-yourself drift scene that took place (mostly illegally) in closed parking lots in Hong Kong in the early 2000s.

The Citymall parking lot in El Bauchrieh, Lebanon, hosted the very first Red Bull Car Park Drift in 2008, won by Michel Feghali.

Although the popularity of the series has resulted in a move away from parking lots, it still pits underground wanderers against more experienced divers and rally stars.

Red Bull Car Park Drift format

Inspired by these Hong Kong vagrants navigating the tight bends and concrete poles and bollards of multi-story parking lots, this series consists of speeding up obstacle courses and performing “tricks” and drifting tasks with names like ‘pendulum’, ‘spiral’, ‘gate’ and ‘pinball’, all while trying to impress a jury and claim as much of the 400 points on offer as possible.



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Conor Shanahan ahead of Red Bull Car Park Drift

In addition to scoring for their skidding skills, drivers are also rewarded for the beauty of their cars, their sound, and the amount of tire smoke they give off. Each race culminates in “the box”, where drivers have to “donut” and drift around a small square enclosure with obstacles. Points are deducted if drivers turn, drift in the wrong direction or hit an obstacle. Three penalties and they are eliminated.

Because of these narrow, tapered courses and complex tasks to accomplish, Red Bull Car Park Drift drivers need cars that are smaller and more agile than those used in the European Drift Masters Championship.

They still need front-engine and rear-wheeled machines, but drivers’ favorite cars of this series include the BMW 3 Series E36, Toyota AE86, one of the cars that sparked the drift phenomenon in Japan, and the Nissan 370Z Coupe. .

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